Congressman Guthrie endorses Ryan Quarles in primary for ag commissioner

04/01/2015 03:53 PM

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, is adding his name to the list of prominent Republicans backing Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, in his bid for state agriculture commissioner.

With Quarles facing fellow Republican Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield, in the May 19 primary, Kentucky’s GOP congressmen are slowly moving behind Quarles’ campaign.

Just one week ago Quarles’ campaign announced the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington.

Now Guthrie is giving Quarles his nod, saying the family farming roots give Quarles the edge in the election.

“Ryan Quarles has real world farming experience and a policy background that prepares him to effectively lead the Kentucky Department of Agriculture,” Guthrie said in a statement. “Ryan is uniquely positioned to help cultivate the next generation of Kentucky farmers.”

In a statement, Quarles said he was honored to have Guthrie’s support in his campaign.

“Congressman Guthrie is a rising star, in Congress, and I am honored to have his support,” Quarles said. “The Second Congressional District is a diverse and growing agricultural district and is vital to the future of Kentucky’s success. As Commissioner, I look forward to working with Brett to ensure the continued success of farmers throughout the counties he represents.”

The winner of the May 19 primary will face Democratic candidate Jean Marie Lawson Spann in the general election.


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